St. Paul and Women - A lec­ture by Pro­fes­sor Alain Blondy

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On Thurs­day 1 De­cem­ber at 6pm at Palazzo de Piro, Md­ina

“Saul was born some years be­fore or af­ter the first cen­tury AD. As a young man he fol­lowed the teach­ings of rabbi Ga­maliel. He con­verted and was bap­tised be­tween 31 and 36 CE. He trans­formed the Nazarene move­ment into a univer­sal re­li­gion, pro­gres­sively dis­tanc­ing it­self from the Jewish re­li­gion, and now op­posed faith to the law, as “Christ re­deemed us from the curse of the Law”. Paul was the link be­tween the Jewish re­li­gion and the nascent Chris­tian re­li­gion.

How­ever, in the modern Western Chris­tian world, St. Paul’s po­si­tion to­wards women is con­sid­ered ret­ro­grade. “A wo­man should learn in quiet­ness and full sub­mis­sion. I do not per­mit a wo­man to teach or to as­sume author­ity over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one de­ceived and be­came a sin­ner. But women will be saved through child­bear­ing... ” In real­ity, there is an evo­lu­tion in the thought of St. Paul … ”

Alain Blondy, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus at the Sor­bonne Univer­sity, is an his­to­rian who has spe­cial­ized in the his­tory of the Mediter­ranean Basin, in par­tic­u­lar, Malta and the Bar­bary States. Au­thor of many vol­umes on th­ese top­ics, he has also ded­i­cated time to pub­lish and re-edit un­pub­lished sources, Sim­i­larly, he has trans­lated Ital­ian and English works of the late 18th Cen­tury and early 19th Cen­tury in or­der to en­rich French bib­li­og­ra­phy.

Though teach­ing at Univer­sity since 1968, he has led a dou­ble ca­reer, as tech­ni­cal ad­viser to the French Min­istry of Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion (1972-1985), then as ad­viser to the Min­istry for Pro­fes­sional Train­ing (1976-1981), over­see­ing the pro­fes­sional train­ing of youths. From 1988 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1998, he led the Sor­bonne’s Pres­i­dent Cabi­net.

He has also been vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at the uni­ver­si­ties of Tunis-I, Moscow, Saint-Peters­burg and Malta.

He is the au­thor of many books and ar­ti­cles on the his­tory of Malta, the Or­der of Malta, Cyprus and the Maghreb.

His prin­ci­pal works on Cyprus are a cul­tural guide of Cyprus (Arthaud, 1996), a his­tory of Cyprus (PUF, 1998; trans­lated into Dutch (2000) and Greek (2002).

Some of his lat­est works in­clude: Nou­velle His­toire des Idées (Per­rin, 2016) ; Chré­tiens et Ot­tomans de Malte et d’ailleurs (PUPS) Malte, 7000 ans d’his­toire (Edi­tions Bouchène); Malte et Mar­seille au XVIIIeme siè­cle (with Xavier La­bat Saint Vin­cent, Fon­da­tion de Malte)

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